About us

Enhancing public understanding in marine and engineering science and history.

  • Who we are
  • What we do

The Heritage & Education Centre’s mission is to ensure public education and outreach in marine and engineering science and history. By utilising its extensive and unique collections, the Centre provides educational resources, both online and at its public reference library.

Public reference library

Located in the heart of the City of London, the Centre’s specialist library holds over 59,000 journals, books, Registers and more. We offer a relaxing space for researchers of all ages and interests. Equipped with free Wi-Fi and a selection of computer desktops for public use, the Centre’s reference library is open Monday to Friday – 09:30 to 16:30. Please note that the library will be closed throughout August.

The library collection at 71 Fenchurch Street covers a wide selection of subjects, from shipbuilding and offshore engineering, to marine art and statistics. To search our library catalogue please click here.

Partnerships with educational institutions

Through funding by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, we have provided historical materials for the 1851 Trust’s UK roadshows, PhD scholarships at the University of Hull and a public curator of contemporary maritime at Royal Museums Greenwich.

The Centre also regularly organises visits to Fenchurch Street for domestic and international universities.


Apply now for a Small Research Grant of up to £15,000 to make use of use our digital collections. Find out more here.

Events and Exhibitions

The Heritage & Education Centre host lectures, workshops and exhibitions. These showcase the heritage of Lloyd’s Register and the treasures within our collections as well as the work of the Lloyd's Register Foundation.

In 2018 alone, the Centre launched its first international exhibition at Rotterdam Maritime Museum (Waterproof: Safety at Sea), began a new programme of public summer lectures and collaborated with the Museum of London Archaeology in holding an exhibition of historic items found during the archaeological dig of 71 Fenchurch street in the late 1990s.

Historical research service

We can provide information on Lloyd's Register classed ships dating back to 1764, and on merchant ships of more than 100 gross tons, regardless of class, dating from the mid-1870s. You can also search many of the Register Books for this period online.

Due to the high number of enquiries the Centre receive, we recommend that before making an enquiry you visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

For more information, visit our Historical research service page.

Providing historical support for Lloyd’s Register Group

As the custodian of Lloyd’s Register’s unique archive and library collections, the Heritage & Education Centre provide support for Lloyd’s Register Group colleagues, clients and events. Internal talks and projects are also organised to better inform colleagues on the history and development of the organisation and it's relevance to today. We also work to ensure that important information is captured and preserved for future generations.